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SMART PLACES

Harnessing and developing smart technology, to support transport, housing and skills.

Project

Target completion date

Forecast completion date

Status

Previous

Current

Change

Establishment of an Intelligent City Platform (ICP)

Completed

Green

Green

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ICP Early Adopters

Autumn 2017

December 2017

Amber

Amber

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Digital wayfinding

TBC

TBC (target Apr 18)

Green

Green

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First steps to Intelligent Mobility

Completed

Green

Green

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Phase 2

2020

2020

 Green

Green

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Motion Map

2018

New release Feb 18

Red

Green

+

DIGITAL WAYFINDING

For the pilot stage of this work, the specialist company ‘21st Century’ were appointed in January 2018 to deploy both a wayfinding screen at Cambridge Station and a ticket machine with integrated wayfinding at Trumpington Park & Ride.

  • Station Gateway: the current screen at the station gateway is difficult to read and fails often. The new screen to replace this will give high level travel information such as real-time bus information, walking routes into town and will give visitors access to onward travel information.
  • Trumpington Park and Ride: the installation of a next generation ticket machine with built-in screen for real time bus and wayfinding information. Tickets can be purchased via Chip and Pin and, if under £30, via contactless. The software is also mobile wallet compatible for Apple Pay and Android Pay if the Client Merchant account supports it. There is also the option to dispense rail tickets.

 A planning meeting with the Wayfinding Working Group and screen suppliers was held on 6th February. Detailed content for the screens is now being drawn up by this group. Specifications for the devices have been agreed and the expected lead time is 2-3 months.

MOTIONMAP TRAVEL APP

The first release of MotionMap suffered from a number of issues arising from the availability and quality of real time bus data. Additional work has been undertake to address this difficulty by reverting to timetabled data when real time data is unavailable (which is the approach taken by other travel apps).

 Good progress is being made on the additional work packages and it is anticipated that the revised software will be available in early February, and testing and evaluation will be complete by end - February. If the software proves satisfactory, a wider trial will be organised.

DATA AUDIT

An information asset audit for transport data across the GCP organisations is underway.  The audit will set out where the data is stored and any barriers to it being used including quality of the data, ownership, accessibility and reliability.  The audit is a first step in making robust data and evidence more readily available.

There has been a high level of engagement at the inception event on 22 Nov 2017 and the workshop on 16 Jan 2018, and good progress is being made.

MAKING THE MOST OF REAL TIME DATA

The Intelligent City Platform (iCP) contains a wealth of data including live bus movements, car park occupancy and air quality, and this data can be viewed at www.smartcambridge.org. A key objective is to make this data easily available to those wanting to investigate it in more depth or create applications. As a result, a project has been initiated to develop ‘Application Programming Interfaces’ (APIs) which are a standard way to achieve this. The design of the APIs is underway, and the first phase is being planned for release later in the spring.

LOBBY SCREENS

This project is developing content based on real time bus and other data to provide valuable information for travellers. The content of the screens will be configurable so that information about buses and trains is relevant to the location of the screen.  The screens will be capable of showing buses as they make their way to nearby bus stops so that travellers can plan accordingly.  A demonstration version will be available in Mar 18 with deployment to three pilot sites planned from end-Apr 18.   Once feedback and learning has been obtained from the pilots, wider deployment can take place.